Horse Rotorvator

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Horse Rotorvator
original LP cover
Studio album by Coil
Released 1986
Genre Post-industrial
Length 49:15 (Some Bizzare CD version)
Label Some Bizzare Force & Form

Relativity (U.S.)
Boudisque Records (Netherlands)
Threshold House
Producer Coil
Coil chronology
Horse Rotorvator
Gold Is the Metal
(1987)Gold Is the Metal1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]

Horse Rotorvator is the second full-length studio album released by the British industrial music group Coil. It was ranked 73 by Pitchfork Media in its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.[4]

The cover to Horse Rotorvator was shot by the band and depicts the bandstand located in Regent's Park, London, which was subject to the Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings four years prior to the album.


It was initially released in 1986 by and Some Bizzare Force And Form, K.422 United Kingdom|UK], Relativity Records (U.S.), reissued on CD by Some Bizzare

The song "Who by Fire" was written by Leonard Cohen, originally appearing on his album New Skin for the Old Ceremony.

Track listing[edit]

LP release[edit]

All songs written by John Balance and Peter Christopherson, except where noted. Slur and Who by Fire feature backing vocals from Marc Almond under a pseudonym.[5]

Side A:

  1. "The Anal Staircase" - 4:00
  2. "Slur" - 3:31
  3. "Babylero" - 0:52
  4. "Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)" - 6:20
  5. "Herald" - 1:03
  6. "Penetralia" - 6:11

Side B:

  1. "Circles of Mania" - 4:59
  2. "Blood From the Air" - 5:32
  3. "Who by Fire" (Leonard Cohen) - 2:36
  4. "The Golden Section" - 5:50
  5. "The First Five Minutes After Death" - 4:51

Cassette release[edit]

Side A:

  1. "The Anal Staircase"
  2. "Silk"
  3. "Babylero"
  4. "Ostia"
  5. "Acapulco March"
  6. "Penetralia"
  7. "Ravenous"

Side B:

  1. "Circles of Mania"
  2. "Blood From the Air"
  3. "Who by Fire"
  4. "The Golden Section"
  5. "The First Five Minutes After Death"
  6. "The Anal Staircase (A Dionysian remix)"

This is the listing for the 1987 cassette release on Relativity in the U.S. "Silk" and "Acapulco March" are the working titles for "Slur" and "Herald," respectively (taken from a pre-release demo tape). "Ravenous" and "(A Dionysian Remix)" are from The Anal Staircase 12" single, and are not listed on the tape card.

CD release (ROTA CD1 version)[edit]

  1. "The Anal Staircase" - 4:10
  2. "Slur" - 3:30
  3. "Babylero" - 0:51
  4. "Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)" - 6:23
  5. "Herald" - 1:03
  6. "Penetralia" - 6:10
  7. "Ravenous" - 3:26
  8. "Circles of Mania" - 5:01
  9. "Blood from the Air" - 5:32
  10. "Who by Fire" - 2:37
  11. "The Golden Section" - 5:50
  12. "The First Five Minutes After Death" - 4:45

Different releases of the CD have "Ravenous" as Track 12 instead of 7. Sometimes the listing on the cover and the actual running order differ as a result (for example, one ROTA 1 copy lists the tracks in the above order, but actually has "Ravenous" as Track 12).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Horse Rotorvator - Coil". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Dreany, Matthew. "Coil - Horse Rotorvator". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (1998). "Coil". Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 2 (3rd ed.). Muse UK Ltd. pp. 1155–1156. ISBN 1561592374 – via Internet Archive. 
  4. ^ "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1980s | Features". Pitchfork. 2002-11-20. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  5. ^ Ledespencer, Madeleine (2016-03-13). "There's Honey in the Hollows: Coil's "Horse Rotorvator" 30 Years On". Heathen Harvest. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 

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